Posts by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

How to Survive April

When I first awaken it all seems like a bad dream — a nightmare full of fearful things I can’t control… Then I realize it’s all real. There is a worldwide pandemic and people are falling sick and dying at an increasing rate every day in my region of the country. I have been quarantined…

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With One Another in this Place of Sorrow

Whoever heard of a Christmas concert that encouraged lament? A few years ago, Michael Card came to our ancient meetinghouse to share Christmas music. But in the midst of all the joy-to-the-world celebratory songs, this amazing storyteller and musician did something totally unexpected. Card publicly acknowledged that the holidays are a difficult time for many…

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What do you want Me to do for you?

Do you ever just want more? More peace. More purpose. More power. Your desire is calling you deeper. Not to just know all about God but to know Him intimately. That desire from within is a hunger for more of God. The Almighty. The King of kings and Lord of lords. Creator and sustainer of…

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Why I Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

What if evil hijacked your youth and held you captive for years and years? When escape to a new life was finally achieved, you would vow to stay as far away from your former captors as possible, right? Well, maybe not. Maybe you would choose to return and “conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12.21)…

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Is It Time for You to Return?

My friend Ruth Graham went straight for the heart when she shared two years ago at Billy Graham’s funeral:  “Daddy wasn’t God, but he showed me what God was like.” She went on to tell of when she returned to her parents’ home after disobedience and sin, knowing she had made bad choices and hating…

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Lent ~ It’s Not Just Giving Up Chocolate

When I was growing up in south Georgia, my Episcopalian friends Mercer and Lisa always proudly announced this time of year that they were “giving up chocolate for Lent!” I never really knew what that meant. All I knew is that they didn’t seem any holier after doing this, so I kept eating chocolate… Now,…

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Because You Asked …

When a new book is released, people have all sorts of questions for the author — not the least of which is “How can I write a book too?” That may have to wait for another blog.. But for now, I’m going to try and answer some of the questions folks have been throwing at…

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6 Questions Before You Hit “Post”

I’m currently on social media more than normal, which often happens as a new book is being released. But I confess that posting is a delicate dance. I find that balance is important and I often take a whole month offline, just to rest. Yes, I want to make a difference in the world and…

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My Whole Life in One Short Poem

As I’ve been considering God’s fingerprints on my life thus far, I wanted to find a poem that might be a great summary of so much I have experienced. My idea was to use that poem on the dedication page of my new book “Soul Strong.” I dedicated this book to my own two daughters…

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No Resolutions, Just One Word…

As we entered a new decade — 2020 — I decided to forego a long list of resolutions. I feared the list would be too long, and the enormity of what was required for achievement would render me immobile. There is nothing wrong with the desire for improvement, setting goals, forming new habits, and finally…

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